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OCC PRoP PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS IN CRISIS
Orange Coast College’s Pirate Referral Program – or PRoP – is a referral program for students in crisis. When OCC’s own services are not enough, and a student needs referrals to community agencies–or when on-campus assistance needs to be identified–there is now a place to bring students for assistance.

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TWO NEW BOATS ADD ‘CLASSROOMS’ TO SAILING CENTER
peaceful spiritOrange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship has expanded its fleet to include two new “floating classrooms.”

“Peaceful Spirit,” an 88-foot motor yacht donated by John and Michelle Lissberger of Santa Rosa, will enable OCC’s Professional Mariner program to double the number of students on board for a variety of training opportunities.

The program is designed to train students for careers on barges, yachts and commercial vessels.

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KEEP IT SAFE – DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES UNATTENDED
Students, faculty and staff are reminded not to leave their belongings unattended. Campus Safety has reported an increase in “crimes of opportunity” this semester. Petty–and some not-so-petty–thefts are on the rise on campus, according to OCC Security Coordinator John Farmer.

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NEW SIGNS FOR THE TIMES
new bannerMore than 50 pole banners will be replaced with new biodegradable banners on campus during the coming week. Maintenance and Operations is in the process of installing the new pennants.

The old banners had been up for two or three years and were showing signs of wear. Many of the images were also outdated.

The new signs are produced from non-toxic material made from Bio-flex, a product billed as “the first landfill degradable PVC.”

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NEW DIRECTOR PREDICTS "AMAZING THINGS" FOR DOYLE ARTS PAVILION
Andrea Harris-McGeeAndrea Harris-McGee has big dreams for Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.

“We can do some amazing things in this building,” said the new gallery director, who arrived at OCC in September following 10 years at Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.

At the age of 30, Harris-McGee launched the Grand Central Art Center and shaped it into one of the happening art centers in Orange County. She hopes to do the same at the Doyle Arts Pavilion.

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SENIOR DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS THIS WEEK; POSTERS AVAILABLE
senior day posterFaculty and staff received Senior Day volunteer information forms in their mailboxes this week. A variety of volunteer opportunities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, including handing out T-shirts, greeting buses, staffing information tables, working at the BBQ and ushering the theatre presentations. Please return the forms to Heather Larson’s mailbox in the Administration Building.

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V-DAY FESTIVAL RAISES $3,000 FOR ABUSED WOMEN AND CHILDREN
v-day contributorsOrange Coast College theatre students donated nearly $3,000 to charities that provide shelter for abused women and children. The money was raised selling tickets to theatrical presentations of author Eve Ensler’s feminist monologues as part of a three-day V-Day Festival on Valentine’s Day weekend.

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VISITING SCHOLAR GRANT PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 10
OCC faculty members are invited to submit proposals for next year’s Visiting Scholar’s Mini-Grant Program, made possible by support from the OCC Foundation.

Funding is available for one $7,500 grant in Fall 2009 and a second $7,500 grant in Spring 2010. Proposal forms are available on the Staff Development website.

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SEARCHING FOR SPIRIT SQUAD CANDIDATES
cheerleadersThe OCC Alumni Association plans to honor members of the college’s “Spirit Squad” – former cheerleaders, songleaders, and members of the flag team and college band – at the Fall 2009 homecoming game.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE
• BOOKSTORE TO CLOSE MARCH 6TH FOR INVENTORY
• REQUEST OFFICIAL OCC CERTIFICATES ON THE PORTAL
• PETE SAYS: AHOY MATEY! GET YER NOMINATIONS IN!
• KUDOS NOMINATIONS–JUST A MOUSE CLICK AWAY

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OCC FEATURED ON STREAMING RADIO
Be sure to listen for Orange Coast College’s 15-second streaming HD radio commercials on your computer. (Turn on your computer speakers and click link) (Insert link here)

Over the next two weeks, the OCC message will air 280 times online on Clear Channel Radio stations in Los Angeles, including KBIG-FM 104.3-2, Disco Studio 104; KOST-FM 103.5-2, KOST Classics; KHHT-FM 92.3-2, Jammin’ Oldies; KYSR-FM 98.7-2, STAR 80’s; and KIIS-FM 102.7-2, KIIS En Espanol. The ads can also be heard in morning and evening drive time on KIIS-FM 102.7.

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Save The Date!

• ACADEMIC FREEDOM WORKSHOP – THURSDAY, FEB. 26TH
• RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF PARTY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH
• HALF HOUR SILENT AUCTION – THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH
• BANFF FILM FESTIVAL – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH 
• 3rd ANNUAL PAT & PHYLLIS GOLF TOURNAMENT – MONDAY, APRIL 6TH 
• GRAMMY WINNER PAUL WILLIAMS – THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD 
 

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On A Personal Note

Former OCC Theatre Department student Miracle Laurie is appearing as a recurring guest star on the new FOX television series, “Dollhouse,” which premiered this month. She plays the role of Mellie, neighbor and confident to one of the series main characters. You can tune in to the show at 9 p.m. on Fridays. The young actress “is one of my all time favorites,” said OCC theatre instructor Alex Golson. Laurie first appeared on stage at OCC in the 1993 production of “South Pacific” when she was nine years old. For more information on Laurie’s series, visit http://www.fox.com/dollhouse.

Gloria Bogdan, who taught anthropology at Orange Coast College part-time during the 1990s, has died. She was 64. Gogdan, a native American of Cherokee descent, taught American Indian cultures. She also taught Afro-Ethnic Studies at Cal State Fullerton and was a Board Member of The National Association of Afro-American Studies.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Staff Development

Staff Development Newsletter
Week of February 23, Week Four

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Book Talk

bookcoverTHE OPEN ROAD: THE GLOBAL JOURNEY OF THE FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA
by Pico Iyer
BQ 7935.B777 I94

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Did you know that the library now has an online form for you to request a library lecture for your class(es)? Did you know that it’s an easier way to contact me to schedule a library lecture because it includes all the information I need so we’re not either phone tagging or emailing each other to get all the details? Did you know that even if you do telephone me or email me (which is fine), seeing the form may help you to know which information to put into that telephone call or that email?

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

If you own or buy vintage clocks, mirrors, vases, lamps, or barometers, be aware that they may contain mercury. According to the CDC, this hazardous heavy metal can be released into air as the seals on the objects age or if they are damaged.

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Did You Know

California State University, Northridge and the CSUN Center on Disabilities will sponsor their annual technology expo in Los Angeles, March 16-21 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura Hotels.

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